1. FC Union Berlin

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Union do not believe in goal celebration music. They leave it up to the fans. So here’s an excellent video of fans describing their club.

NICKNAME – Die Eisernen (The Iron Ones)
FOUNDED – 1966
LOCATED IN – Kopenick, Berlin
STADIUM – Stadion An Der Alten Forsterei
CAPACITY – 22,012
BEST BUNDESLIGA FINISH – 11th (2019/2020)
BEST DFB POKAL RUN – Runners Up (2001/2002)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – Second Round (1987/1988)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Karim Benyamina (87)
2019/2020 FINISH – 11th

The club song, “Eisern Union”, sung before the first ever Berlin derby in the 1. Bundesliga. Union ran out winners!

1. Union was a hotbed of anti-Stasi sentiment in the DDR. Fans chanted “The Wall Must Go” when taking free-kicks.
2. When the stadium fell into a state of disrepair in 2008, the fans rebuilt it themselves, with 2,500 fans volunteering.
3. When Union ran into financial trouble, the fans “bled for Union”, donating the money they received for donating blood directly to the club.
4. Union are firm friends of the pirates of fellow cult club St Pauli of Hamburg. Both lean strongly left politically.
5. Every Christmas, the stadium is packed out for group carol singing and mulled wine.

A march through the forest to the stadium.

1. Whilst West Germany moved its capital to Bonn, East Berlin remained the capital of East Germany,
2. Once the wall was constructed in 1961, it was far easier for West Germans to visit the East than vice-versa.
3. In modern Berlin, the Museum Island, which plays host to five different world-class museums, is a must-visit.
4. Friedrichshain is the place to go to check out much more alternative culture and street art.
5. The historic neoclassical Brandenburg Gate is the best place to take a classic Berlin photo.

A look around Kopenick, where Union are based

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